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in China



nobody likes my poem about shovels in China
a poem about there not being any shovels
in China

they say it is unrelatable
to them
they wonder what it means?

some say that
despite my assertion that there are no
publicly known shovels in China
that in fact
there are actually shovels in China

Listen, readers
I've never been to China
I've been to the East China Sea...
which is pretty darned close

here's the point...
I believe
these people asserting the existence of
Chinese shovels
are confusing those shovels
manufactured
in China
(en Chine)
for there actually being shovels
utilized in China
and that,
is a huge distinction
I suppose I failed to make
so...
here is the poem again
with corrections:

In China:
chopsticks,
toothpicks,
but not shovels
 (utilized)

in China
they love to talk about
(dropping pots and pans)
(and shovels for bass)
but there aren't
digging
not with shovels
not
in China

I hope this clears up your confusion
I am sure that it does

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Submitted on April 09, 2013

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